Asian values and Gospel

Asian values and Gospel

By Fr. Bernard Holzer, aa

In a week-long meeting, around twenty theologians from Asia gathered recently in Seoul (South Korea). The theme of the meeting, organized by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) was “The Future and Theological Prospect of the Church in Asia.”

To evangelize today in Asia, is to focus on emerging regional realities such as migration and environment while protecting Asian heritage and values. Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taek of Seoul Archdiocese said: “We must reflect very seriously on how to theologize the Asian heritage and values by illuminating them in the light of Christian faith while preserving them, and how to dynamically testify to the gospel in an Asian context.”

As an Asian, how do I know my own culture and do I savor the Gospel?What are the values of Asia that I find in the Gospel and that the Gospel makes me discover?

Going back to the conversation of Saint Paul to the people of Athens (Acts 17:16-34) could help me to understand our challenge as Asian Christians.

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